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Updated 4/28/16
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Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.

City Island Birds
Since 2007

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman


Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)

New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)


The Blackpoll Warbler flies 1500 miles nonstop during migration, from New England or Canada to the Caribbean and South America! It weighs 12 grams and is the longest flier, proportional to its weight. Photo taken right over the City Island Bridge.

Another beautiful warbler is the Blue-winged Warbler. The best place to find them is in Rockefeller State Park where they nest.

Our most common warbler here is the Yellow Warbler that nests in Pelham Bay Park.

The woods behind the City Island Bridge are a great spot to find warblers. This Canada Warbler was there last year. In the same location I photographer Wilson’s, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue and other Warblers.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

Some arriving, many on their way...

Central Park and Prospect Park are hopping with birds. Yesterday in Central Park I saw about 50 species and a dozen were warbler species.. I walked our park today and although we don’t have nearly the species in these more inland parks, birds are arriving. We are always about a week behind because we are coastal. Strong SW winds would help us but next week birds should be here. So dust off your binoculars and join the group. Sunday is Mother’s Day, so the walk will be Saturday.

Early May- Least Bittern, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Tern, Least Tern, Ruby throated Hummingbird, E. Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, Catbird, Wood Thrush, Veery, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-throat Blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Bobolink, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Mid May- Red Knot, White-rumped Sandpiper, Roseate Tern, Black Skimmer, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Eastern-wood Peewee, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo,

Tenesee Warbler, magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll, Yellow-breasted Chat, Wilson’s warbler, Canada Warbler, Indigo Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow

Birding Advocacy

Save Forests and Save Birds

Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for

Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels and Catalogs!


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Another common warbler here is the Yellow-rump. In the south I’ve heard them called “butter- butts.”


The male Blackburnian Warbler’s fire orange color is spectacular. Seeing this bird is always a treat.


1st Spring Migration Walk

Saturday, May 7 @ 8:30AM

Hunter Island-Turtle Cove, Pelham Bay Park

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